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Frank Gehry

Spinning Tales

June 24–August 6, 2021
Beverly Hills

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Installation view Artwork © Frank O. Gehry. Photo: Joshua White

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Artwork © Frank O. Gehry. Photo: Joshua White

Installation view Artwork © Frank O. Gehry. Photo: Joshua White

Installation view

Artwork © Frank O. Gehry. Photo: Joshua White

Installation view Artwork © Frank O. Gehry. Photo: Joshua White

Installation view

Artwork © Frank O. Gehry. Photo: Joshua White

Installation view Artwork © Frank O. Gehry. Photo: Joshua White

Installation view

Artwork © Frank O. Gehry. Photo: Joshua White

Installation view Artwork © Frank O. Gehry. Photo: Joshua White

Installation view

Artwork © Frank O. Gehry. Photo: Joshua White

Works Exhibited

Frank Gehry, Untitled (Los Angeles VI), 2021 Polyvinyl, stainless steel wire, and LED lights, 75 × 171 × 98 inches (190.5 × 434.3 × 248.9 cm)© Frank O. Gehry. Photo: Joshua White

Frank Gehry, Untitled (Los Angeles VI), 2021

Polyvinyl, stainless steel wire, and LED lights, 75 × 171 × 98 inches (190.5 × 434.3 × 248.9 cm)
© Frank O. Gehry. Photo: Joshua White

Frank Gehry, Fish on Fire (Los Angeles I), 2021 Copper, stainless steel wire, and LED lights, 43 × 24 × 24 inches (109.2 × 61 × 61 cm)© Frank O. Gehry. Photo: Joshua White

Frank Gehry, Fish on Fire (Los Angeles I), 2021

Copper, stainless steel wire, and LED lights, 43 × 24 × 24 inches (109.2 × 61 × 61 cm)
© Frank O. Gehry. Photo: Joshua White

Frank Gehry, Fish on Fire (Los Angeles IV), 2021 Copper, stainless steel wire, and LED lights, 73 × 187 × 111 inches (185.4 × 475 × 281.9 cm)© Frank O. Gehry. Photo: Joshua White

Frank Gehry, Fish on Fire (Los Angeles IV), 2021

Copper, stainless steel wire, and LED lights, 73 × 187 × 111 inches (185.4 × 475 × 281.9 cm)
© Frank O. Gehry. Photo: Joshua White

Frank Gehry, Fish on Fire (Los Angeles IV), 2021 (detail) Copper, stainless steel wire, and LED lights, 73 × 187 × 111 inches (185.4 × 475 × 281.9 cm)© Frank O. Gehry. Photo: Joshua White

Frank Gehry, Fish on Fire (Los Angeles IV), 2021 (detail)

Copper, stainless steel wire, and LED lights, 73 × 187 × 111 inches (185.4 × 475 × 281.9 cm)
© Frank O. Gehry. Photo: Joshua White

Frank Gehry, Untitled (Los Angeles V), 2021 Polyvinyl, stainless steel wire, and LED lights, 87 × 184 × 85 inches (221 × 467.4 × 215.9 cm)© Frank O. Gehry. Photo: Joshua White

Frank Gehry, Untitled (Los Angeles V), 2021

Polyvinyl, stainless steel wire, and LED lights, 87 × 184 × 85 inches (221 × 467.4 × 215.9 cm)
© Frank O. Gehry. Photo: Joshua White

Frank Gehry, Untitled Standing Fish (Los Angeles VII), 2021 ColorCore, stainless steel wire, LED lights, and timber, 151 × 87 × 75 inches (383.5 × 221 × 190.5 cm)© Frank O. Gehry. Photo: Joshua White

Frank Gehry, Untitled Standing Fish (Los Angeles VII), 2021

ColorCore, stainless steel wire, LED lights, and timber, 151 × 87 × 75 inches (383.5 × 221 × 190.5 cm)
© Frank O. Gehry. Photo: Joshua White

Frank Gehry, Untitled Standing Fish (Los Angeles VIII), 2021 ColorCore, stainless steel wire, LED lights, and timber, 137 × 80 × 71 inches (348 × 203.2 × 180.3 cm)© Frank O. Gehry. Photo: Joshua White

Frank Gehry, Untitled Standing Fish (Los Angeles VIII), 2021

ColorCore, stainless steel wire, LED lights, and timber, 137 × 80 × 71 inches (348 × 203.2 × 180.3 cm)
© Frank O. Gehry. Photo: Joshua White

Frank Gehry, Wishful Thinking, 2021 11 sculptures in aluminum, automotive paint, acrylic, stainless steel, brass, and teak; orange onyx and aluminum table with LED lights; and 3 stainless-steel wire tapestries, overall: 13 × 31 × 23 feet (396.2 × 944.9 × 701 cm)© Frank O. Gehry. Photo: Joshua White

Frank Gehry, Wishful Thinking, 2021

11 sculptures in aluminum, automotive paint, acrylic, stainless steel, brass, and teak; orange onyx and aluminum table with LED lights; and 3 stainless-steel wire tapestries, overall: 13 × 31 × 23 feet (396.2 × 944.9 × 701 cm)
© Frank O. Gehry. Photo: Joshua White

Frank Gehry, Wishful Thinking, 2021 (detail) 11 sculptures in aluminum, automotive paint, acrylic, stainless steel, brass, and teak; orange onyx and aluminum table with LED lights; and 3 stainless-steel wire tapestries, overall: 13 × 31 × 23 feet (396.2 × 944.9 × 701 cm)© Frank O. Gehry. Photo: Joshua White

Frank Gehry, Wishful Thinking, 2021 (detail)

11 sculptures in aluminum, automotive paint, acrylic, stainless steel, brass, and teak; orange onyx and aluminum table with LED lights; and 3 stainless-steel wire tapestries, overall: 13 × 31 × 23 feet (396.2 × 944.9 × 701 cm)
© Frank O. Gehry. Photo: Joshua White

About

When I built the first model of the fish, I saw in it the movement that I was looking for. It was startling that a static object could express motion in such a dynamic way. 
—Frank Gehry

Gagosian is pleased to present Spinning Tales, an exhibition of new work by renowned architect Frank Gehry. It pairs large-scale elaborations on the Fish Lamps series with a new installation, Wishful Thinking (2021), and is Gehry’s eighth exhibition with the gallery since 1999.

Celebrated for his groundbreaking architectural designs, Gehry has also produced significant bodies of sculpture and furniture, from Easy Edges (1969–73) and Experimental Edges (1979–82)—chairs and tables made from layers of corrugated cardboard—to bentwood furniture items designed for Knoll (1989–92). The Fish Lamps evolved from a 1983 commission by the Formica Corporation to utilize ColorCore, a type of plastic laminate. After accidentally breaking off a shard of the material, Gehry was inspired by its scale-like appearance; molding wire armatures into piscine forms, he affixed ColorCore fragments to them.

In the main gallery, three outsize, internally illuminated Fish Lamps sculptures are suspended from the ceiling in dynamic, twisting poses, as if swimming through water. In these works, Gehry has used polyvinyl and copper for the first time. These central forms are surrounded by lively, colorful sculptures that are more baroque in their ornamentation. While these sculptures are autonomous works, the “perfect form” of the creature that they emulate reappears throughout Gehry’s architectural oeuvre, lending itself to the undulating profiles of buildings including the Guggenheim Bilbao, Spain (1997), and the Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles (2003).

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Frank Gehry, Wishful Thinking, 2021, installation view, Frank Gehry: Spinning Tales, Gagosian, Beverly Hills, 2021 © Frank O. Gehry. Photo: Joshua White

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Gallery Weekend LA
Frank Gehry, Albert Oehlen, Nancy Rubins

July 28–August 1, 2021
Los Angeles
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Gagosian is participating in the inaugural Gallery Weekend LA with three exhibitions. Frank Gehry: Spinning Tales and Nancy Rubins: Fluid Space, both on view at Gagosian’s Beverly Hills location, will be open for extended hours during Gallery Weekend LA (July 28: 10am–7pm; July 29–30: 10am–5:30pm; July 31–August 1: 12–6pm). Visitors can also see Albert Oehlen: Tramonto Spaventoso with an appointment, on view at the Marciano Art Foundation (July 28–31: 11am–5pm). The event is organized through Gallery Association Los Angeles and galleryplatform.la and includes nearly eighty-five of the city’s leading contemporary art galleries and museums.

Frank Gehry, Wishful Thinking, 2021, installation view, Frank Gehry: Spinning Tales, Gagosian, Beverly Hills, 2021 © Frank O. Gehry. Photo: Joshua White